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The Eltham Rules

Discover how this early operations manual was used to regulate courtiers living under Henry VIII

‘Life at court is like a fire; too close you are singed, too far you freeze’, said the Swedish diplomat Johan Adler Salvius in 1644. The Eltham ordinances written in 1526 by Cardinal Wolsey were detailed rules for ‘the establishment of good order and reformation of sundry errors and misues’ in the court. Despite these controls the Tudor court was dynamic and was dominated by the changing whims of a power-hungry monarch and the personalities who surrounded him. Discover how this early operations manual was used to regulate ambitious courtiers who were living, working and visiting the royal household under Henry VIII.


Chris Gidlow | talks


Date and Time:

21 November 2017 at 7:00 pm


1 hour



Historic Royal Palaces
Hampton Court Palace
East Molesey
020 3166 6626

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Concession price for tickets is £13.50
Doors open at 18.40 for a 19.00 start

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